THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The final results of Industry Canada’s 2500 MHz spectrum auction, which began on April 14, 2015, were released in an announcement made by Industry Minister James Moore earlier today.
In addition to other wireless carriers from across the country, it was announced that Tbaytel was successful in its bid to acquire spectrum licenses from the 2500 MHz frequency band in the Thunder Bay and Algoma districts.
There was a high demand for spectrum in the 2500 MHz band at the outset of the auction based on the need for wireless service providers across Canada to address future capacity constraints.
“We are very happy with the results of the auction since we knew that this particular spectrum complements Tbaytel’s existing wireless network elements and assists with our long term planning and network sustainability goals,” explains Tbaytel president and CEO Dan Topatigh. “If required, it can also be utilized right away since it supports mobile devices that are already being used in the marketplace.”
2500 MHz spectrum is the second most popular spectrum band for LTE deployments globally and is used in almost 25 per cent of networks. Its propagation characteristics are also very versatile. It can be used in the expansion of wireless coverage and capacity in urban areas as well as for fixed wireless systems to transmit Internet connections in rural areas.
The addition of the 2500 MHz spectrum to Tbaytel’s existing spectrum holdings will support future network expansion and help meet the growing demand for wireless services with the addition of new Tbaytel Mobility customers in coming years.